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Amazing Authors in August!

Summer is finally here! In three words, tell us how are you spending your summer this year?!

Plotting, reconnecting, recharging.


Childhood memories - what was summertime in your childhood like?

It was filled with noise, fun and laughter on holidays with lots of cousins!  (I have 26 first cousins!)


Where would you most like to Get Caught Reading this summer & why?

By a swimming pool somewhere in Southern Europe.  I love swimming in the sunshine, almost as much as I love reading.  I would have said by a pool in Thailand because it’s so beautiful there.  But I tried that once and it was so hot that the glue holding the pages of my book together melted and it fell apart!


You create amazing characters in your books! Which one would you choose to spend summer with & why?

Having spent some time with the teenaged May in December 1940 in my book Rosie Goes to War, I think I’d like to go back and see her over the following summer to see how she is getting along.  May is sweet and funny and has a huge heart, so you’d be guaranteed a fun time. Of course, the Second World War is still going on in 1941, so it would be dangerous as well.


Reading is the ultimate escape! Which book ‘world’ would you escape to for summer & why?

I would love to escape to Jasper Fforde’s Bookworld, featured in his Thursday Next series of books.  In Bookworld, fiction comes to life, and sometimes spills over into the ‘real’ world.  You can meet characters from any book, and learn to ‘page-jump’ from one book to another.  However, you have to be careful you don’t get trapped in a horror story, or fall into the Well of Lost Plots.


Summer survival - name the three most essential things you take on holiday?

Books, swimwear and more books!


Summertime selfie – who would you have a selfie with this summer & why? (Fictional, historical, alive today)

I would love to have a selfie with the lady who inspired me to write – my fantastic English teacher Miss McIntosh.  Unfortunately I have no idea where she is today.  I would love to meet her again now that I’m a published author, to have a selfie with her and get the chance to say thank you.  So if anyone out there knows a Miss Jane McIntosh who taught at Kidbrooke School in the 1970s, please let me know!


Summertime travel – train, plane, automobile or other?

I’m happy to use any means of transport to get to an interesting place.  I’ve travelled by all the usual means, and also tandem, elephant, tuk-tuk and sea canoe!  I think my most memorable summertime journey was by camel through the Sinai Desert in Egypt.  We started out in the middle of the night.  One of our guides sang haunting Arabic tunes as we trekked through the gloom and there were shooting stars in the sky. Magical!  We reached the top of Mount Sinai just as dawn broke. The one form of transport I avoid at all costs in the summer is the London Underground.


Inside or outside - best place to be creative in the summer?

I get lots of inspiration outside from sights, sounds and smells which can trigger all sorts of story ideas.  But I go inside to write, otherwise I am too easily distracted.


Essential summer reads! Stuck on permanent summer vacation? What three books would you choose to have with you?

Only THREE? I read fourteen books on my last holiday!  Mmm.  That’s a really tough one.  I think I’d definitely choose The Green Bronze Mirror by Lynne Ellison.  Lynne was a teenager when she wrote it, and that inspired me to want to write too.  It was first published when I was at school and I loved this time-slip story so much I never forgot it.  It was republished in 2010, so I got a new copy and enjoyed reading it again.  As for the other two books, I’m spoilt for choice, it’s so hard to choose!  I think I’d look for a story that challenges me, such as Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses, and one that makes me laugh.  I love Jenny Kane’s There’s a Cow in the Flat.  My little grandsons and I always giggle a lot when we read that together.  


Thank you for participating - have a great summer!

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We wanted to find out what some of our amazing authors get up to in the summer months! Are they furiously writing their next masterpiece, surfing the seven seas, trekking through the Himalayas or curled up in the sun with a good book? Read on to find out more...



Alison Knight


Alison Knight writes time-slip adventures for young adults, and romance novels under the pen name of Alison Rose.  Her most recent book is Rosie Goes to War, taking Rosie back through time to meet her teenaged Gran in war-torn London.  Alison teaches Creative Writing at Wiltshire College and is writing Rosie’s next adventure, which takes her to London in the 1880s when Jack the Ripper was stalking the streets.


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